Labradoodles, a hybrid dog breed, have become a popular breed of dog for both families and individuals alike.
Their dazzling personality and adorable features alone are enough to make any dog owner fall in love.
All types of dogs are prone to health issues including hybrids, pure breeds, and mutts. So, if you’re considering a Labradoodle to add to your family, it’s important to know the potential health issues they might suffer from. This allows you to determine whether a Labradoodle would make a good fit for your family.
This article will list and detail the most common health issues faced by Labradoodles.
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
Hip and Elbow dysplasia are common genetic conditions found in both Labradors and Poodles. Hip dysplasia causes a dislodgment between the dog’s thigh and hip joint, while elbow dysplasia causes a dislodgment between the bone and the elbow joint. Both conditions could result in leg lameness, making it difficult for your Labradoodle to climb stairs, run, or jump. In more severe cases of hip or elbow dysplasia, they could end up completely immobilized.
In Canine Epilepsy, abnormal surges of electrical activity in the brain cause activity in the muscle tissue. These messages get scrambled causing loss of muscle control, resulting in a seizure. Seizures put a dog at risk for injuries due to falling over or drowning if it occurs in a body of water. Some dogs may experience a seizure storm, which involves multiple seizures occurring one after another. A vet’s intervention is needed during a seizure storm to prevent cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Addison’s Disease is a hormonal condition commonly seen in Poodles. With Addison’s Disease, the adrenal gland doesn’t produce a sufficient amount of cortisol or aldosterone, causing a variety of troublesome issues such as the inability to handle stress, hair loss, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Since this disease interferes with their coping abilities, stressful situations can increase the intensity of their symptoms. Many dogs also suffer from dehydration due to their body’s inability to regulate electrolytes. While this condition cannot be cured, there are medications that help dogs live a happy, normal life.
Von Willebrand’s Disease
A commonly seen condition in Poodles, Von Willebrand’s disease results in a low level of protein in the blood responsible for clotting blood. This disorder causes bleeding problems similar to hemophilia in humans. There’s no cure for Von Willebrands disease, however, veterinarians can prescribe various medications to help prevent or stop episodes of bleeding. With proper precautions and the right medications, dogs affected by this disease can live a normal life.
Sebaceous Adenitis prevents the oil glands in a Labradoodle’s skin from producing oil. While this condition is quite rare, it causes several unpleasant skin issues such as scaly, flaking skin, partial or complete hair loss, and a strong, displeasing odor. While this condition is treatable with certain medications, it typically comes back.
Unfortunately, both Labrador Retrievers and Poodles are vulnerable to inherited eye conditions. PRCD, also known as Progressive Retinal Atrophy, is a degenerative eye disease that causes the cells in the retina to slowly die. The first stage of this disease causes night blindness and as it progresses, it causes a total loss in vision. Another common eye condition seen in Labradoodles are cataracts. Cataracts cause the dog’s eyes to turn an off-white color, impairing their vision. In serious cases, cataracts can lead to permanent vision loss.
Other Potential Health Conditions
Labradoodles are vulnerable to other types of illness including ear infections, hypothyroidism, Diabetes Mellitus, inflammation, and food sensitivities. Each of which could cause a variety of issues including persistent pain, hearing loss, and skin issues. It’s important to visit a veterinarian if a health condition is suspected to get the proper treatment they need.
Despite their vulnerability to certain health conditions, Labradoodles make for exceptional pets. They are known for their intelligence, quick learning capabilities, and calm temperament. Many families pick Labradoodles due to their affectionate and caring nature that makes them a great choice for anyone with children.
By giving your Labradoodle regular veterinary care, feeding them a proper diet, and seeking appropriate treatment if they develop health complications, your Labradoodle can live a long, joyful life.